Creating a dementia-friendly experience at Tweed Mall
Tweed Mall has joined the initiative to create a dementia-friendly community in the Tweed. The Mall has committed to a 12 month action plan to improve signage, educate staff, and make the Malls’ environments more dementia-friendly.
The Centre Management team welcome your feedback and ideas about this initiative, as part on our commitment to continuous quality improvement. You can contact Centre Management via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 55364066.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. There are many types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy Bodies. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65.
Dementia and the Tweed Shire
According to the Tweed Shire Council approximately 23% of the area’s current population is aged over 65, compared with the state average of 13%. This is set to increase to 25% by 2031. In line with this ageing population the Tweed State Electoral Division has the second highest prevalence rate of dementia in NSW and is projected to stay in the top five through to 2050.
What is a dementia-friendly community?
A dementia-friendly community is one in which people living with dementia are understood, respected and supported. With confidence in their ability to contribute to community life, they will stay connected to their communities and be able to continue to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. A dementia-friendly community changes cultural attitudes of stigma and fear of dementia to ones characterised by understanding, acceptance and social inclusion. It is a community where:
• Everyone can find their way around and feel safe.
• Everyone can use local facilities such as banks, shops, cafes, cinemas, clubs and groups.
• Everyone can keep their social networks.
• The community understands what dementia is, how it might impact on a person and their family, and has the ability to support a person living with dementia.
Help and Information
To get help and information about living with dementia and the dementia-friendly community initiative, go to the following websites or phone the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500